DENMARK EXCHANGE PROGRAMME 2016 (Trip) The exchange programme with Grenaa Gymnasium was held between the 1st and 9th of April. Our flight to Copenhagen was at 1.30 am. We all had to be at the airport by 10.00pm. We met Mrs. Rao and Mr. Kamau at the airport and waited until all 15 of us arrived. The flight to Doha and then to Copenhagen was comfortable. Immigration hardly took any time. Once we were out of the airport we realised how cold it is. We stayed at Copenhagen that night and had a walk around the city the next morning. We left to Arhoos in a Bus where we were received by our Host families and taken to Grenaa which was our destination. The distance between Copenhagen and Grenaa was 450 Km The programme arranged was very educative and entertaining. We must admit that the Danish students enjoy a lot of freedom compared to Kenyan students. However, they are much disciplined and we never found anyone abusing the freedom. We have seen how focussed the students are and oriented to exams. A board in their School flashes how many days left for exams and it changes every day. We liked the idea because it is a constant reminder. Another thing that is different from here is that the students talk to the teacher informally and address them with their first name. We have observed that the Danish are simple people and environment lovers. They don’t use large cars and hundreds of people use bicycles for commuting. They also have a separate lane for bicycles. We had some prestigious places like the Art museum, Central Library, Ancient Danish churches, Arhoos University to name a few. When we visited the youth centres, we understood how much Danish youth of our age can get involved in building the society. We also had a bicycle ride to the Beach which was fun. On the whole it was a wonderful experience. For some of us, it was the first trip abroad and others it was a trip travelling for the first time alone without the family. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and welcome such exchange programmes.
Inter-House Debates on 19th May 2016Junior DebatesOur debate motions were both educative and emotive in character this year. The first one between Magadi (proposers) and Naivasha (opposers) read: “The web-filters in our school are so restrictive that they hinder learning’. We learnt quite a lot from both sides as they sought to out-do each other. Naivasha sought to establish that our web-filters are restrictive, yes, but they do not hinder learning in any way. It was quite interesting to hear the proposers with very well-articulated points. The opposers won the first round and proceeded to the second. The second motion was debated by Baringo (proposers) against Turkana (opposers) and it read: “Our women in the military should go out in equal numbers on the frontlines in Somalia and Afghanistan to fight alongside men.” The thrust of the argument was whether women were better than men in any way. The motion effectively divided the supporters with one half believing one thing while the other believed another. It was very entertaining and eye opening to hear Alwiye and Fathima arguing passionately about how what the motion stated should never happen. This round was one by Baringo house. At the outset, the students who were chairing the debate emphasised the areas the judges were going to assess. More emphasis would be on the manner of argument than on the points raised. It is easy to read out a list to an audience, but a totally different one to relate with the audience meaningfully and to seek to convince them of a truth one is aware of. The final round was won by Naivasha who defeated Baringo by 11 points. The final motion read: “Money can buy me happiness”. Baringo proposed while Naivasha opposed. The best speaker was Irungu Muiruri of Year 7, Lisa Maket of Year 9 (last year’s best speaker) and the second runners-up was Georgina Waturi of Year 9. Our judges were Miss Victoria Kafwihi of Pre-prep and Mr Mandu our Dean of Studies and Deputy Head of school. The year 6 from Prep school graced the occasion with their Maths teacher, Mr Wilfred. Senior Inter-House Debates On the 4th February 2016, we gathered at the Prep pavilion to listen to some of the best speakers in our school. The order of the debates was going to be that each house would meet its opponent in the first round. The motions were given well in advance and each house knew its motion and role, either opposing or proposing the motion. For the second and final round of the debates, the winners from the two first rounds would toss a coin and be assigned, either to propose or oppose. We were all entertained to some very well-prepared speeches from speakers from different teams. Our two judges, Mr Paul Angar and Mr Gerald Mandu had the tough task of coming up with a winner for each debate, as well as the best speakers in first, second and third positions. Turkana House won the contest while Baringo House was runners-up. For the first time in the school, we all had a pleasant surprise. Geremy Nakhone emerged best speaker. Ashley Kioko took second speaker position with her very passionate speeches, while Malcolm Kibati took the position of Second runners-up.